The Ombudsman institution was introduced in the Croatian legal system at the very beginning of the country’s independence, by the 1990 Constitution. However, further requirements for the beginning of its work were met two years later, by entering into force of the Ombudsman's Act. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Act, the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović is organising a high level international conference „Reclaiming human rights in Europe: How to enhance the democratic space?“ on 11-12 May 2017 in Zagreb.  

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More than 40 ombudsmen from all over Europe participated at the symposium on the impact of populism on human rights, organised on April 3-4 in Barcelona by the Catalan Ombudsman Rafel Ribó, the IOI Europe’s Regional President. In his key note speech the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Nils Muižnieks assessed that the last year was marked by the surge of populism while emphasising the vital role that ombudsmen’s institution might have in protection of citizens against arbitrariness.

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Croatian Parliament elected Maja Kević as Deputy Ombudswoman at the March 31 2017 voting session.

Deputy Kević is joining the Office of the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović after working at the Croatian Government's Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities. Her experience, high motivation and sensibility towards human rights will cotribute to further strenghtening the work of the institution, especially regarding persons deprived of their liberty and the mandate of the National preventive mechanism.

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On the fringes of the Equinet board meeting in Warsaw on 16 March, Equinet board members and staff met with key actors in the field of equality in Poland, including the Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar, the Plenipotentiary for Civil Society and Equal Treatment and representatives of civil society.

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